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SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges


The Obama administration and Congress are finally putting more money into Indian schools and a bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday aims to build on that momentum.

The Safe Academic Facilities and Environments for Tribal Youth Act, or SAFETY Act, is sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington). The two lawmakers, who sit on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, believe Native youth are entitled to learn in safe places.

"We can’t prepare students for the 21st century economy in deteriorating 20th century classrooms," Tester, who serves as vice chair of the committee, said in a press release.


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